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Worth Reading: A biography that revels in the details of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE BACK BAY — “Describe the tongue of the woodpecker.” This is one of the many curiosities Leonardo da Vinci noted to himself, which captures the wonder and mystery of his approach to the world. Leonardo da Vinci,… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach libraries adjust services due to Covid resurgence

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — City libraries are readjusting their operations due to the rising transmission rates for the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19. Services will be limited to either lobby or drive-up services, and two locations… Continue Reading

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Column: Lynnhaven River Now, volunteers plant new trees in Virginia Beach’s Ocean Lakes

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE OCEAN LAKES — Some trees live longer than anything else on earth. Members of Lynnhaven River Now reminded Ocean Lakes residents in November of the tree’s longevity with signs bearing this message posted around common areas. That… Continue Reading

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Second annual Plow Day brings parade of antique tractors to turn soil in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Farmers and tractor enthusiasts traveled to Bonney Bright’s Farm on Buzzard Neck Road on Halloween Day, and many of them brought their antique workhorses in all models, sizes and colors — and then they put… Continue Reading

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No, the post office in Back Bay is not closed or planning to close

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Despite online rumors, the post office in rural Back Bay remains open, and there are no plans to close it. The property the U.S. Postal Service leases for Back Bay Station is for sale, according… Continue Reading

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You-pick pecans now available from the Market at Land of Promise Farms in Blackwater

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BLACKWATER — You-pick pecans are now available through the Market at Land of Promise Farms, which began selling fresh pork earlier this year.  The pecan orchard was here when Diane Horsley’s parents bought Land of Promise in… Continue Reading

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Luria defeats Taylor in Virginia 2nd Congressional District rematch

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria defeated former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, her predecessor who became challenger in trying to win back the seat,… Continue Reading

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Dyer tops two challengers to win first full term in Virginia Beach mayoral race; City Council incumbents return

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer, though vastly outspent by one of two challengers, won reelection and his first full term as mayor of Virginia Beach… Continue Reading

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Project studying submerged aquatic vegetation in Back Bay shows promise, needs funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of years ago, Dr. Sara Sweeten, a research scientist at Virginia Tech, stumbled across specimens of an aquatic plant called wild celery that had been started from seeds left behind by undergraduate… Continue Reading